Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG)
This procedure involves reducing the size of the stomach to about 25% of its original size, by surgical removal of a large portion of stomach, creating a narrow sleeve or tube like structure.
The procedure is also referred to as Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, Greater Curvature Gastrectomy, Parietal Gastrectomy, Gastric Reduction and even Vertical Gastroplasty.
Benefits of Sleeve Gastrectomy
- Eliminates the portion of the stomach that produces the hunger stimulating hormone (Gherlin)
- Adverse effect of Dumping Syndrome is not obeserved
- Minimizes the chance of an ulcer occurring.
Risks associated with Sleeve Gastrectomy
- It is an irreversible procedure as the eliminated stomach portion can never be restored
- Leak of staple line
- Patients with higher BMI may still need to have a second stage procedure at a later stage to help lose all of their excess weight.
- Soft calories from ice cream, milk shakes, etc., can be absorbed and may slow weight loss.